The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
In spoiling nothing in revealing that MR Carey is a pen name for British comics and urban noir writer Mike Carey. I first read his work when he was working for DC on the Sandman spinoff Lucifer that followed the story of the prince of lies after he abdicated e throne of hell and gave the keys to The Lord of dreams to deal with. He writes with that cynical eye on the world that sometimes only the British can pull off well. Orbit/Hachette is releasing this book in the English speaking world today and I am sorry I'll have to wait a few days to grab up a copy... Here is a link to Orbits site where there is a book trailer and hopefully some preview chapters....
A terrible, wonderful, heart-breaking story about hope and humanity and a young girl who tries to save the world.
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'.
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
Dreams if the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
Carrie Vaughn is well known for her urban fantasy series about a late night radio host named Kitty and her dealings with the things that go bump in the night. This is not that series, a few years back she wrote a love letter to the golden age of comics with a book I much want to read called After the Golden Age and low and behold there is a sequel to remind me of that book I have so sadly overlooked. As a long time reader of superhero comics and science fiction this is one I really should not have put off for so long....here is a synopsis and a link to the excerpt at Tor.com. Here also is a link to Carrie's blog where she celebrates the book release....
Like every teen, Anna has secrets. Unlike every teen, Anna has a telepath for a father and Commerce City’s most powerful businessperson for a mother. She’s also the granddaughter of the city’s two most famous superheroes, the former leaders of the legendary Olympiad, and the company car drops her off at the gate of her exclusive high school every morning. Privacy is one luxury she doesn’t have.
Hiding her burgeoning superpowers from her parents is hard enough; how’s she supposed to keep them from finding out that her friends have powers, too? Or that she and the others are meeting late at night, honing their skills and dreaming of becoming Commerce City’s next great team of masked vigilantes?
Black Arts by Faith Hunter
I know I have mentioned the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series by Faith Hunter who seen rather prolific because I'm pretty sure it's been less then a year since then. I have yet to read her well loved series about the Skinwalker heroine of American Indian descent but it is a series that has been on my wanted list for a while....here is a synopsis for this ROC publication and there is also a story bible like books for the series coming out pretty soon too... Here is a link to Faith's website too...
W hen Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.
Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.